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How To Maintain Proper Hygiene While Wearing Dental Braces

At Victory Smiles, we offer a wide range of services for yours and your entire family’s dental health needs. Among them, we offer dental braces and Invisalign for kids and adults alike, but with dental braces treatment comes the worry that our patients will have a hard time properly cleaning their teeth, which results in cavities. In this blog, we discuss what hygiene practices you should follow in order to ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible while you undergo metal dental braces or Invisalign treatment.

Brush Your Teeth More Frequently

When wearing braces, it is easy to miss a few spots when brushing your teeth, so our Houston cosmetic dentist recommends carefully brushing your teeth with a fluoridated, non-whitening toothpaste after every meal and snack. This helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in the brackets of your metal dental braces, or behind the plastic of your Invisalign Clear Aligners, as food left behind impedes your treatment from working properly. 

Use Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes, also known as brush picks, are a great step between brushing your teeth and flossing because it gets rid of any stray food particles that were left behind after brushing.

Floss Your Teeth Every Night

Followed by diligently brushing your teeth, it’s also important to floss. Even if you use a brush pick, there might be smaller, harder-to-reach food particles that floss can easily remove. Today, there are several types of floss available, including floss designed to be used while wearing dental braces. Although flossing can be tricky with braces, patience helps and so can we at your next Houston dental cleaning.

Get A Professional Teeth Cleaning Every 6 Months 

By coming into our Houston cosmetic dentist office for your teeth cleanings on a regular basis, we can double-check on the progress of your dental braces or Invisalign treatment. This also enables us to check on your overall dental health and clean your teeth more deeply and thoroughly than you would at home–which is crucial while wearing braces. If it’s time to get a teeth cleaning, please book an appointment so we can schedule one as soon as possible.